UTW Episode 33: Howard Rheingold

Predicting Technology's Future

Our guest for this episode is Howard Rheingold, a critic, writer, and teacher who specializes in the cultural, social, and political implications of modern communication media. Howard wrote about the earliest personal computers at Xerox PARC, and he was also one of the early users of the Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link or The WELL, an influential early online community. In 1994, he was hired as the founding executive director of HotWired. He is the author of several books, including The Virtual Community, Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution, and Net Smart: How to Thrive Online. 

In this conversation, Howard talks about transitioning from typewriters to computers and the potentials of virtual communities – to both serve as think tanks and form personal connections. He talks about recognizing “signals” of what was to come with telephones and computers and the early collective action that the smartphone encouraged. Finally, he describes five media literacies that everyone should master if they want to use social media well. 

 

WebSci’22 Call for Papers

The Old vs. the New Normal

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14th ACM Web Science Conference 2022 (WebSci’22)
26-29 June, 2022
Hybrid conference: Barcelona, Spain, and online (co-located with Hypertext 2022)
Deadline for paper submissions: Feb 10, 2022
https://websci22.webscience.org/
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Dear colleagues

We invite you to submit your contributions to our articles for the 14th ACM Web Science Conference on 26 – 29 June 2022 (WebSci’22, Hybrid Conference: in Barcelona, Spain, and online).

The 14th International ACM Web Science Conference in 2022 (WebSci’22) is an interdisciplinary conference where a multitude of research disciplines converge with the purpose of creating greater insight into a complex global Web than the sum of their individual parts. We invite participation from diverse fields including computer and information sciences, communication, economics, informatics, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Contributions may be analytical, conceptual, creative, critical, predictive, theoretical (or all of the above) and should aim, wherever possible, to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. The conference provides a platform to a range of practitioners from Ph.D. students to experienced researchers and ideas ranging from early work through projects as well as final analysis and completed publishable work. We look to evaluate and value the impact of the Web Science approach, its current theoretical, methodological, and epistemological challenges as well as Web practices of individuals, collectives, institutions, and platforms.

The ACM Web Science Conference 2022 will run as a hybrid conference, where authors will present their work either in-person or remotely to participants gathering at the conference venue in Barcelona, or online. The conference will be co-located with ACM HyperText, which is scheduled for June 28th to July 1st, 2022 – https://ht.acm.org/ht2022/.

THE OLD VS. THE NEW NORMAL
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Web-based technologies have proven to be playing a vital role in enabling us to cope with the global pandemic. Having experienced two years of “crisis,” many new norms have been forming, both socially and technologically. While some people long to return to how things were before the pandemic, others are questioning whether that is a state worth returning to. The main theme of this year’s conference, therefore, is the old vs. the new normal. Even though the conference accepts a wide range of topics (see below), papers discussing this overall issue would be particularly welcomed.

Web Science is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to understanding the complex and multiple impacts of the Web on society, and vice versa. As such, the field of Web Science is particularly well situated to address pressing issues of our time.

Methodologically, Web Science is a discipline that is agnostic to specific methods. We welcome quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research, including methods from the social sciences and computer science. In addition, we welcome work that explores the ethics of Web-based data collection and research and those which have a broader perspective on the Web and that combine analyses of Web data and other types of data (e.g., from surveys or interviews) to better understand user behaviour (i.e., online and offline).

Building on our theme for 2022, we especially welcome contributions on:

* Successful cases of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary Web research
* Trends in globalisation, fragmentation, rejoining, and Balkanisation of the Web
* Automation and AI in all its manifestations relevant to the Web
* Interrogate questions of discrimination, representation and fairness
* Bring lenses such as intersectionality or design justice to questions of marginalisation and inequality
* Ethical challenges of technologies, data, algorithms, platforms, and people in the Web
* Modeling Web-related structures, data, users and behaviours
* Impact of AI and machine learning on the development of Web Science
* Detecting, preventing and predicting anomalies in Web data (e.g., fake content, spam, algorithmic and data biases)
* Data curation, Web archives and stewardship in Web Science
* Safeguarding and governance of the Web, including anonymity, security and trust
* Temporal and spatial dimensions of the Web as a repository of information
* The architecture and philosophy of the Web
* Social machines, crowd computing and collective intelligence
* Analysis and modeling of human vs. automatic behaviour (e.g., bots) and their influence on the structure of the Web and responding behaviour
* Critical analyses of the Web and Web technologies
* Web economics, social entrepreneurship, and innovation
* Analysis of online social and information networks
* Legal issues including rights and accountability for AI actors
* Humanities, arts, and culture on the Web
* Inclusion, literacy and the digital divide
* Politics and social activism on the Web
* Online education and remote learning
* Health and well-being online

IMPORTANT DATES
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Thu, February 10, 2022 Paper submission deadline
Thu, March 31, 2022 Notification
Thu, May 12, 2022 Camera-ready versions due
Sun-Wed, June 26-29 Conference dates

FORMAT OF SUBMISSIONS
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Please upload your submissions via EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=websci22

There are two submission formats:
* Full papers should be between 6 and 10 pages (inclusive of references, appendices, etc.). Full papers typically report on mature and completed projects.
* Short papers should be up to 5 pages (inclusive of references, appendices, etc.). Short papers will be primarily reporting on high-quality ongoing work not mature enough for a full-length publication.

All accepted submissions will be assigned an oral presentation (of two different lengths). The option of additional poster presentations and other details will be decided in due time depending on the technical setup and other factors.
All authors of accepted papers (including those who opt out of proceedings) are expected to present their work (in-person or virtually) at the conference.

Please carefully check the conference Website for information on formatting and templates.
Review is double-blind. Please anonymize your submission. All contributions will be judged by the Program Committee upon rigorous peer review standards for quality and fit the conference, by at least three referees. Additionally, each paper will be assigned to a Senior Program Committee member to ensure review quality.

Proceedings will be published open access through ACM’s OpenTOC system. For authors who wish to opt out of publication proceedings, this option will be made available upon acceptance.

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE CHAIRS
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Oshani Seneviratne (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Ingmar Weber (Qatar Computing Research Institute)
Taha Yasseri (University College Dublin)

For any questions and queries regarding the paper submission, please contact the pc chairs at websci22@easychair.org

Key dates

Submission – Feb 10th, 2022

Notification – Mar 31st, 2022

Camera-ready – May 12th, 2022